Elephant Ear Gives Birth — LIVE!


A close-up of one of one of the original Elephant Ears in the garden.

This post has been a long time in the making – months, as a matter of fact.

At the start of the growing season, I was strolling through one of the big box stores and found a corm for a red/purple/black leafed variety.  I had seen this same plant in many of the seed catalogs – but in this store, the price was more than right.  It was an elephant-sized bargain.

Once the plant began to grow, however, the only thing true about the advertised color was the stems – strong and purplish black.  The leaves, on the other hand, were greener (and smaller, by the way) – not the same bright green as my other Elephant Ears, but green with hints of darker tones.  In other words, they weren’t the red/purple/black on the packaging.

A close-up of the new arrival. It may not be as green as the original, but it still has its charms.

Although slightly disappointed with the result, I soon found myself drawn to my new plant, especially the glossiness of the leaves.  They were so shiny, in fact, that they looked fake, as if they stepped right off of the Munchkinland set in The Wizard of Oz.

And then I witnessed the miracle of an Elephant Ear leaf birth – the agonizingly slow unfurling of a new leaf emerging from the purple/black stem.

Over the next few weeks, I stood in the same spot to document the debut – like a proud papa tapping on the nursery window.

Weeks since it first emerged from the stem, the leaf is still stretching and growing to to its full size.  Whoever said they grow so fast these days, never had an Elephant Ear.

Happy gardening!

35 thoughts on “Elephant Ear Gives Birth — LIVE!

      • I was wondering when you said you’d said ‘Over the next few weeks, I stood in the same spot to document the debut’…such dedication!

      • I guess I should clarify — I positioned myself in the same spot, took some photos, and then walked away. The last thing I want is to be mistaken for a garden statue. That’s a messy job.

    • Hi Astrid. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I would have loved to have created a time lapse film — but there is only so much tech stuff I can wrap my head around. 🙂

    • It’s funny that you say that. I was on the other side of the yard when I first saw the bit of green — and from that distance, I thought it was a major caterpillar. I’d rather have the leaf! 🙂

    • Hi Debra. The nice thing about gardening, especially at this time of year as we take stock of the garden’s performance, is we can say, “There’s always next year.” 🙂

  1. Congratulations on the new arrival 🙂 Amazing that it took weeks to unfold! Great photos and such great colours, even if they were not what you expected. Sometimes that is the beauty of gardening, getting a surprise!

  2. Up till now I haven’t liked Elephant Ears because they have not been very successful in my garden… BUT your blog and stunning photography has totally changed my mind. Thank you so much for posting this magical experience. No magazine, book or newspaper article would have been able to capture this ‘live birth’ the way that you were able. WOW!

    • I do hope you give them another try. Just remember that they’re tropical and love heat, humidity, and water. I’ve written about Elephant Ears in the past, including their planting and overwintering — feel free to explore. And many thanks for your kind words.

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